There were two very interesting — but related — developments on the radio front today. First, Congressman Mike Doyle (D-PA) and Lee Terry (R-Nebraska) announced this morning at a teleconference they would introduce a bill that would clear the way for the creation of low power FM radio stations in urban areas.
Given the shrinking playlists and bland programming brought about by radio consolidation over the last decade, low power FM has the potential to create radio that is truly radio: local voices, cutting edge music and genres that are not regularly heard on commercial radio (i.e. jazz and bluegrass).
Or as Indigo Girl Emily Saliers put it on the teleconference: read more
About 170 people turned out for the “Music, Technology and IP Policy Day” on Wednesday making it a great event in our estimation (if not always the most comfortable — sorry to the people that had to stand for some of the panels). Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Penn., opened the conference with an unusual shout out for smash up artist Girl Talk. He then proceeded to give a wide ranging speech covering net neutrality, media consolidation. He got a round of applause after making the following comment: read more
The FCC has just announced a new window to apply for non-commercial educational radio (NCE) permits. To cut through the bureaucratic jargon, an NCE station is one that has a mission to educate on a particular topic. That includes non-profits, arts organizations and the like. read more
Right now in FMC-land we’re hard at work on this Wednesday’s Policy Day, which will be filled with bold statements, learned debates and intriguing ideas. We’re nearly sold out and can accept only 3 more registrations, so if you want to attend, please register NOW. Read on for all the latest reasons to join the discussion!
FMC and ACS Present Technology and IP Policy Day: May 2, 2007
FMC Joins the Blogosphere
The Webcasting Rate Debate
FCC Announces Payola Settlement
Rock the Net Campaign Gains Steam
FCC License Window Announced
Official Media Ownership Hearing in Tampa: April 30
“We applaud the Senate Commerce Committee’s overwhelming
bipartisan vote of 14-7 in support of allowing the Federal Communications
Commission to expand non-commercial Low Power FM radio stations into
urban markets. Today’s vote was part of the Committee’s larger debate
on a comprehensive overhaul of the nation’s telecommunications laws.” read more
In a February 15 letter to FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, the Future of Music Coalition (FMC) expressed enthusiasm over recent news reports that the Commission was launching a thorough investigation into allegations that some radio station conglomerates
have been engaging in payola. FMC urged the agency to complete this investigation
before moving ahead with any rulemakings that would allow for further
radio deregulation, or the granting of additional resources to commercial radio broadcasters during the transition to HD radio. read more